Free Preschool Lesson Plans for Winter
When you study a winter theme in your preschool, you can teach anything from snow and ice to penguins and hibernating animals. There are tons of content options!
One such options includes mittens and snowcaps as a part of your winter lesson plans for preschoolers; but why not take it one step further and do an entire weekly theme of winter clothes?! It is one of my favorite January preschool themes.
FAQ About Teaching a Winter Theme in January
January is the most popular time to teach a winter theme in preschool. Topics like ice and snowmen, mittens and boots, and penguins and arctic animals are all fitting. Try spending an entire week learning all about winter clothing.
While snowy woodland scenes are icons of winter landscape, you can still teach a winter preschool theme even if it doesn’t snow where you live. You can teach about ice and frozen things, hibernating animals, as well as coats and mittens.
You can purchase fake snow that makes a really fun science experiment, or you can make your own faux snow by mixing baking soda and shaving cream together.
A well-done preschool theme is going to include a variety of activities in different content areas. Activities should include winter alphabet activities, winter math activities, sensory and art activities, as well as winter fine motor and dramatic play activities.
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Preschool Lesson Plans for Winter – Winter Clothing Activities
Don’t just stop at mittens and snow caps in your winter preschool theme. Use coats, scarves, boots, and more to teach an entire week centered around what we wear to stay warm in the winter.
Plus, you can use this theme as an opportunity to teach self-help and life skills, but buttoning, zipping, and fastening our clothing.
Literacy Activities for a Winter Clothes Theme
Beginning Letter Sound Hunt – Go to YouTube (or play the video inserted below) and listen to the story The Hat by Jan Brett. After listening, grab your caps/hats for this fun game. Encourage your preschooler to search around the house for items that begin with certain letters of the alphabet. How many items with that specific letter can you fit in your snowcap?
You can make this activity even more meaningful by focusing on the letters in your preschooler’s name. Then write the letters on sheets of paper and lay out the items from the snowcap on the corresponding letters.
Draw and Plan Clothing for the Week – Go to YouTube (or play the video inserted below) and listen to the song Days of the Week by Dr. Jean. After listening, help your preschooler make a list that includes each day of the week on a piece of large paper. Leave enough space under each day that your preschooler can draw a picture of the clothes they plan to wear. Head to the closet and pick out the clothes that would be good for cold weather.
Don’t forget hats, scarves, and mittens! Encourage your preschooler to add as many beginning sounds for each word as they can. Or, write the clothing words for your preschooler and invite him or her to trace the words.
Don’t Forget Picture Books About Winter Clothing
Any preschool theme can be enhanced with high-quality picture books. Here is a winter book list of my favorites.
Winter Clothes Activities – Math & Science
Mitten Counting – Grab some colorful paper and encourage your preschooler to draw mittens or gloves, cut out the shapes, write numbers on them, and count. If you don’t have a knack for drawing, just trace a mitten cookie cutter. Hang the cut-out mittens from a “clothesline” in number order for more fun!
Scarf Measurement – Measure things around the house using a scarf. What things are as long as a scarf? What things are longer than a scarf? You can also gather multiple scarves and lay them out in sequential order.
Melted Snowman Science – This poor snowman is melting but it sure is fun to play with! Your preschooler will love making the oobleck substance that’s made from just corn starch and water. After pouring it onto a plate, add items like buttons, beads, foam cutouts, and/or googly eyes to make the snowman’s face.
Playful Learning Activities for a Winter Clothes & January Theme
Bubble Wrap Pop – Have your preschooler help you get some energy out and pop some of that fun bubble wrap that comes in our mail packages. Write letters or numbers on top of each bubble, call out a letter, and let them pop, pop, pop!
If you want to focus on a single letter, then write it on several bubbles, mixed in with some other letters, and then ask your preschoolers to find all the bubbles with the focus letter.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt – Grab 4-10 winter clothing items. Take a picture of the clothing items and then hide them around the house. Show your preschooler the photo and go on a hunt to find the winter clothes in all the rooms.
This is a good time to discuss with your preschooler where certain clothing items are kept and how to keep things organized. Do we keep our coats with our winter pajamas? Or our mittens with our sweaters?
Picnic in the Living Room – If the weather is too chilly, make time for a fun picnic! Invite your preschooler to help with the menu, help set up the food, and get the utensils. Sit, eat, and enjoy one another’s company! You can even make this a winter themed picnic by planning white and blue foods like bananas, marshmallows, frozen blueberries, cauliflower, tofu chunks, and so on.
Social-Emotional Activities for a Winter Clothes Theme
Winter Self Portrait – Building self-awareness and emotional confidence is a large part of helping a preschooler feel good about themselves. Invite your preschooler to draw a self-portrait wearing an outfit that makes them feel good about themselves. If your preschooler is stuck, invite them to think of a favorite outfit or color and go from there. Celebrate their drawing and their choices as their own to help them feel a sense of confidence.
Being Responsible – Helping out around the house is not only great for all family members but it also builds a sense of responsibility and pride in a job well done. Start with a simple task like inviting your preschooler to sort laundry. Help them sort either by color or clothing type. Encourage your preschooler to decide how they would like to sort. Develop responsibility by asking them to fold and put away their part of the laundry in their drawers or hang it on hangers. Praise and thank your preschooler for a job well done.
Consider adding preschool appropriate chores to their tasks throughout the week to build a sense of family involvement.
Just Plain Fun Activities for a Winter Clothes Theme
Winter Clothing Riddles – Make up some clothing riddles for your preschooler to solve. For example: I am waterproof. I go up on your leg, but you wear me on your feet. What am I? A boot! Consider other winter clothing types like jackets, scarves, gloves, and earmuffs.
Clothing Fine Motor – Build those fine motor skills by practicing buttoning buttons, zipping zippers, fastening fasteners, opening and closing Velcro, and “tying” shoelaces.
Clothing Line – Create a makeshift clothing line and hang socks or mittens to dry. Organize your socks in a pattern for even more learning fun! Alternatively, have your preschooler practice matching mittens, gloves, or winter socks.
Get Online Activities for a Winter Clothes Theme
Online Story – Go to YouTube (or play the video inserted below) and listen to the book Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London. After listening, talk to your preschooler about why frogs sleep for the whole winter. How is Froggy different than other frogs? What types of winter clothing does Froggy wear when he is out in the cold weather?
Winter Clothing Song – Help your preschooler learn the types of winter clothing (especially if you live in a warm area) with this catchy song.
Winter Mittens Song – Learn all the colors with these colorful mittens and sing along to the tune of “If You’re Happy and you Know It!” This is an easy one to add to preschool circle time.
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More Activities for January Themes in Preschool
January is a fun time to teach preschool because you have so many themes from which to choose. From hibernating animals, polar bears or even ice skating, try adding some of these activities for kids to your winter themed lesson plans.
Teach these winter clothes lesson plans for preschoolers as part of your January themes for preschool.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.